Vegetarian Chicken Alfredo

Happy Thursday! Can you believe this week is almost over? I know I can’t wait, I’ve got plenty of plans this weekend. Today I’m sharing one of my go to recipes for a quick and filling meal.

Vegetarian Chicken Alfredo Recipe at myownhomeblog.com

Wait, vegetarian chicken Alfredo? Yes, you read that right! Although being a vegetarian has its limitations when going out, there are plenty of options in the kitchen! Being a vegetarian for over 11 years has caused me to learn my way around the kitchen. Vegetarian Chicken Alfredo is a delicious and easy meal that anyone can enjoy!

Let’s get cookin’!

Ingredients:

Alfredo Sauce- I buy the Aldi brand Priano

Spaghetti noodles- or noodles of your choice

Meatless Chicken Strips- You can buy these at Walmart, County Market, Hyvee, or most major grocery stores

Pepper

Poultry )or Italian) seasoning

1/2 TBSP butter

Olive Oil

allpotsTo start, boil the water and add your noodles. I then add a big dash of salt and splash of EVOO, but that is completely optional.

While the noodles are cooking, prepare the “chicken”. I typically use half a bag of the vegetarian chicken, but this time I used 3/4 of  bag since I was making some for lunch the next day and because Cyle needs to eat, too. 🙂

chkn panTo cook the “chicken” I toss in a splash of EVOO to coat the noodles and add about a TBSP of pepper and poultry seasoning and toss again. Cook over medium/medium high.

chkn closeupMmmmm, does that look so good?! Ok, you meat eaters may disagree, but trust me, it is delicious.

Once the “chicken” is almost done (it should get some brown crispiness going to it after about 5-6 minutes) add in the sauce and cover. I like to add some extra seasonings to my sauce. I’m a big pepper fan so I usually throw some in with the sauce.  Simmer on low/medium low for a few minutes. Be sure to stir!

sauceandchknI will admit, this doesn’t look very appetizing when it first comes together, let’s just blame the lighting in my kitchen. Hah! 🙂

butternoodlesBy now your noodles should be done, depending on your preference. I am not a fan of al dente noodles so I always let mine cook a bit longer. After draining the noodles (do not rinse) return them to the pan and add some butter. You don’t need much butter, maybe just a TBSP. You actually don’t need any butter at all, but it adds some flavor to the noodles. Stir it all together and set aside.

Once your sauce and chicken look good it is time to serve it up! Toss everything into the noodle pan and mix and stir to your hearts content.

platecloseupI like to add a few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley on top for looks and taste. Serve with a healthier side (because let’s be honest, this isn’t the healthiest meal in the world ) and enjoy!

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Yum! So do you have a favorite and easy recipe? What about my fellow vegetarians? Any special recipes you care to share? I’m always looking for something new to try! Now get cooking!

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